I love Hats

I absolutely love the image.  I am in love with rockabilly culture and the “classiness” of the 1940’s and 50’s style and clothing.  The intensity of her gaze is amplified by the netting across her face and makes the viewer focus on her eyes. On the other hand the netting across her faces makes the girl almost mysterious and alluring.  I believe the netting absolutely makes this unique and very interesting.

The color of her hat is also an eye grab.  The red is so intense and helps to bring out the darkness of her eyes.  I like how the red in this picture is on a gradient, the actually hat is stop sign red, the netting is more like an apple, and her lips wrap it all up with a dark robust cherry.

I am drawn to the shape of her actually eyes and eyebrows.  She has perfect almond eyes with perfectly arched eyebrows.  What I read from her expression is she wishes she had lived in an earlier decade but she doesn’t care how different her style is, she knows she is classy.  A new age Audrey Hepburn or Irene Dunne.

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Soldiers Coming Home

If there is any thing besides cute puppies that can soften the coldest of hearts its pictures of little girls with their daddies returning from war.  This picture was taken by Amarxis in June of 2010.  So much emotion is depicted in this picture, the girl is holding onto her dad’s neck as if in fear that he we leave again.  And her eyes also are packed with emotion, they say to me “this is my dad and I missed him so much, I never want to let go.”  You can’t see the soldiers face but from the way he is holding his daughter he doesn’t want to let go for a long time either.  I think pictures like these help one to appreciate your family more especially when you see little girls who don’t know when or if they will see their father again.

Shells and Projectiles

For what seems to be thousands of years the middle east and North America have either been at war with each other or one another.  For whatever reason the citizens of these countries can never acquire peace.  This photo was taken by Carolyn Cole of the LA times and is featured in her Pulitzer Prize winning collection.  This image depicts the aftermath of a street battle during the civil war of Liberia.  The number of shells left on the street is sickening, and with the human element of the person walking over them it sort of makes it feel like this is nothing out of the ordinary for th people of Liberia.

For what seems to be thousands of years the middle east and North America have either been at war with each other or one another.  For whatever reason the citizens of these countries can never acquire peace.  This photo was taken by Carolyn Cole of the LA times and is featured in her Pulitzer Prize winning collection.  This image depicts the aftermath of a street battle during the civil war of Liberia.  The number of shells left on the street is sickening, and with the human element of the person walking over them it sort of makes it feel like this is nothing out of the ordinary for th people of liberia.

Gaming is Fabulous for Vegas it is not Always so Fabulous for St. Louis

February 28, 2011 vacant slot machines wait for gamblers to try their luck.

“Clkty” goes the coin into the gaping mouth of the ever hungry slot machine.  The handle is pulled with a “chrrrchk” and returns upward with as much excitement as the gambler.  Different colored bulbs burst with light with enough enthusiasm to make your head whirl.   The lights flash in a constant rhythm of the machines “jing jing jing jing….”as the three wheels of fortune decide the worth of your quarter.  The first drum reel slows and stops with the sound of a piece of chalk being snapped in half, a watermelon, the second chalk snap, a bell, and the third a cherry.   Another “clkty” then the “chrrrk” the game begins again.  Casinos are an issue all throughout the country, St. Louis is no different.

Down town St. Louis is home to five casinosAmeristar Casino, Argosy’s Alto Belle Casino, Casino Queen, Harrah’s Casino, and

February 28, 2011 flashy lights illuminate the word casino at the entrance to the Lumiere Place.

Lumière Place Casino.  Comparatively, St. Louis is rather new to the gambling scene. The first casino in St. Louis opened

in May 1994.  As a result there has been a 14 % increase in crime surrounding St. Louis’s main gambling

strip. These casinos are seen as an opportunity for growth, development and to attract tourism but can sometimes come at a costly price. Casinos may bring some tourist dollars but they also have an effect on the social fabric, crime rate, and economic development in the community.

An article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch 1997 reports that “Nearly half of St. Louis city’s gambling takes goes for police protection near the casino.” St. Louis city and county has seen an outstanding effect in several areas of offence between the opening of the casino district in 1994 and 2010.  The most dramatic offense increases in St. Louis City cover the spectrum of robbery, larceny, arson, simple assault, embezzlement, sexual offenses, drug violations, family offense, and liquor violations.  The four most dramatic are the increase in sexual offenses, drug violations, family offenses, and liquor violations.  Liquor violations win the jackpot with an increase of almost 80%.  Drug violations have seen an increase of 50%, followed by family offense at 30%, and sexual offenses at 21%. (Total Cost of Gambling Addiction) “I dislike working that area in summers on the weekends, the number of drunken squabbles I break up, it gets old fast”  John Butler, metro police officer.

“Gambling is a lot of fun, and it’s an amazing feeling when you are winning….I cringe at the thought of how much (money) I have wasted over the years” state Joseph Penn, black jack gambler for years.

The Average St. Louis Gambler in Relation to the St. Louis Casinos:

February 28, 2011 hundreds or Missouri registered cars are parked outside of the casino on this Monday evening.

  • They will visit a casino approximately seven times a year.
  • Upon each visit, they will lose approximately 47 dollars
  • There are 19.3 million people that visit those five casinos a year

o   The locals constitute 7

2% or 13.8 million of the casinos patrons

The casinos bring in an average of $919.6 million, in reference to the previous statistics; $660.3 million will come from local pockets.  These casinos are therefore only bringing in $259 million of tourist dollars.  Like the slot machines they are sucking the St. Louisan’s dry and comparatively returning very little back to the community.  The gambling revenue for the casinos is all ready

in the St. Louis Metropolitan economy.

The Casinos do have some benefit to the city though.  Gambling, when conducted in moderation, can lead to a fun and exciting night.  They make the down town of St. Louis a more entertaining place for a night out.  When people do when large sums of money it can be life changing and a great feeling to earn a $100,000 off a dollar.

In conclusion, gambling is a fun night out that many St. Louisan’s and Americans alike chose to partake in, but it is always very important to look at the big picture in how they affect the fiber of any city.  The question to ask is, are the casinos in St. Louis actually helping the city’s development.  Upon this research, it is safe to say that they add some sparkle to the city when you cross the bridge into Missouri at night.

 

http://www.harrahsstlouis.com/casinos/harrahs-stlouis/hotel-casino/property-home.shtml

http://www.casinoqueen.com/

http://www.lumiereplace.com/

http://www.argosy.com/stlouis/

http://www.ameristar.com/

 

 

 

Contacts

William Thompson

Professor

(702) 895-3319

John Butler

Metro Policemen

(314)650-2765

Joseph Penn

Local Gambler

(314)204-3378

 

How do we get the news today?

I think that nationalgeographic.com is an excellent example of the future of journalism.  National Geographic used to be solely a magazine that would come out once a week, with lots of pictures and stories concerning the planet.  Upon visiting their website, the first thing you see is a slide show ranging from a whale to Mars.  The website is also very interactive, there are opportunities for one to blog on the website and you can sign up for newsletter emails.  Not only has national geographic embraced the internet, but they also have their own TV network.  National Geographic is working very hard to utilize every means possible to report and get the information out there.

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/

Ipads, Kindles, Ereaders….Oh my!

In the next ten to five years, I believe that newspapers will become hugely obsolete.  However, people still want to know the news.  In order to continue to make a profit from the news, people need to charged for the services journalists provide or advertisements must play a more dominant role on provided news websites.

Another possibility is online subscriptions can be taken out for Ipads and kindles.  Ipads are the future of text, so the industry needs to harness this fad of carrying around a virtual book.  People’s interest in magazines have not declined, it’s easier to find the information they are looking for online on their time.  With an Ipad they have what they want when they want.  Also it wouldn’t feel like something that was free is being taken away, because you have to pay for all the content on your Ipad.

Also, I think that blogs will also be a thing of the past.  I feel that there are far more blog writers than there are blog readers.  With the lack of readers the popularity of blogging will decline.  The information on blogs is mostly opinion based and the information isn’t reliable.  With so much free information on the web from credible sources the blog has no chance to survive.

 

http://mashable.com/2010/12/29/ipad-magazine-sales-decline/

Online Writing

The important thing to remember about online writing is that one needs to write in a clear and concise manner.  Often times people scan for information rather than read the entire article.  Internet news readers know what they are looking for.  Unlike a newspaper that provides a variety of stories, internet readers are usually looking to find information pertaining to their current topic of interest.

It is also important to keep online writing well-edited and well-informed.  Even though the internet isn’t technically permanent in the sense you shouldn’t be sloppy in what you write.  People will avoid reading what you write if your facts are untrue and your editing is poor.